Wessanen, the Dutch organic and natural foods company, is investing more than £1m in upgrading its Clipper Teas manufacturing site in Beaminster, Dorset.
The move, which follows its acquisition of the leading UK organic and natural tea brand in March of this year, is being supported by financial assistance from West Dorset District Council.
The investment will upgrade the site, with improvements to efficiency, capacity and facilities for staff. It demonstrates the strong partnership between Clipper Teas and the Council and commitment to the brands influential UK heritage as it looks to expand.
Patrick Cairns, CEO of Wessanen UK, said: “This plan is critical for Clipper Teas to continue to be competitive and sustain double digit growth in the UK, as well as realising its ambitions for the brand internationally. This significant investment marks our huge commitment in, and ambition for, Clipper Teas – and is great endorsement of the team in Beaminster.”
Ian Doyle, economic regeneration manager of West Dorset District Council, which is providing financial assistance as part of the plan, said: “We are delighted Wessanen has made the decision to invest in Beaminster and we are joining the company in contributing to this exciting infrastructure development in Dorset. Clipper Teas is a crucial part of the local economy, in both terms of employment and supply chain impact, so this is great news for the local area.
“The funds used have been set aside for the purposes of employment generating projects aimed at improving work prospects of the people of Beaminster. We hope this new partnership will continue to flourish for the benefit of local people and the successful future of Clipper Teas.”